Visiting uncle Alex

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There are many unusual places in Nizhny Novgorod that are not indicated on a tourist’s map. Sure enough, such places have owners who can be certainly identified as weirdos. One of them, is Alexei Shuvalov or simply uncle Lesha (Alex), the proud owner of “house of toys” and a cat. Also, he is an accordionist and a lousy poet.

His famous house with toys is located in a very picturesque but neglected corner of Nizhny Novgorod. One can’t pass it unnoticed.

The backyard is filled with old and weird toys, placed in odd positions.

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When sober, uncle Lesha constantly rhyming, though, his poetry comes out kind of crappy.

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Suddenly, he invites to visit his “ship”: a poorly constructed wooden shack with an amazing view on Oka river.

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It was all quiet until the “captain” picked up a stick and began hitting a metal plate.

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His cat Batman.

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Flag is always raised: the owner is the true patriot…

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The entrance to the house…

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A lot of new artifacts are inside, ready to be strategically placed around the backyard.

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Grotesque installations around the place are freaky.

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The owner immediately invites all attendees to put a hat on and takes up the accordion …

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A separate folder contains clippings with old news articles mentioning him.

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Then uncle Alex pours a glass of homemade liqueur, commands “to get ready” and begins the process of getting into his normal condition…

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This photo got 2nd place at some competition in Moscow, according to the owner.

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His mood began to improve and the captain cheered up…

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“We didn’t stay inside for long because of a peculiar smell”.

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“As a farewell gift, uncle Alex gave us a candy and we gave him hundred rubles for smokes”.

The place has been visited by blogger and photographer skaznov.livejournal.com

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